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post Jul 12 2005, 04:32 PM
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I'm confused!! I've been following Feyliya's thread really closely, but I'm not entirely sure whether or not it's the same thing. I'm beginning to think not, so I'm putting this up in the hope that someone can help before I resort to percussive adjustment...

Forgive the lack of technical terms tongue.gif

Basically, my PC switches on, it does its loady thing, I log into my identity, it works plays up. It'll freeze, it slows right down, it makes funny noises. When I restart it comes up with the can't find a signal blurb message on the monitor. Restart again, it'll go a bit further, and so on until I finally get to my desktop again.

I've checked for viruses and all that jazz, checked for loose wires, checked inside the case for loose connections, all of that. It kinda calmed down for a while, then it started having trouble finding my modem. I went through the whole process again, and that calmed down.

I got my other half to replace the graphics card, which is what he though it was, and this seems to have solved most of it, so now it's mostly behaving itself, only the occasional freeze and restart problems, but it won't let me play any computer games at all without freezing up and/or keeling over on me.

Can anyone suggest, in very simple, small words, what else I can try?


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post Jul 12 2005, 06:27 PM
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Limited RAM might cause it to be slowing down horribly, and defragmenting never hurts.

'No signal' tends to be created by the monitor as opposed to the PC, so you might want to double check the connections/use a different cable etc.

System specs are useful though. OS (I assume Windows), as well as amount of RAM and any other information on your hardware.

Edit: Also, what are these 'funny noises' you speak of? Clicking sounds? Beeps?


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post Jul 12 2005, 08:37 PM
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I'm running windows XP home, RAM is SD 512mb, AMDxp2800+ CPU, 64mb graphics card (AGP4?), and that's all I can see on the tin.

and the funny noises seem to be a duff fan (which is now replaced) and a weird clicky noise, like someone tutting almost. And no, it's not the pop-ups noise.

Shit, it's possessed isn't it? sad.gif It just doesn't want me to play...

Monitor could be it. Hadn't thought of that. I'll have to try that out. But why would it only play up when I'm playing a computer game?


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post Jul 14 2005, 05:32 PM
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Erm, since no one else seems to have much to say, I'll have another pop. Ok. I'm assuming here that when you say 'computer games' you mean graphic-intensive stuff, and not minesweeper. The only thing that comes to mind is that for some reason your computer can't handle it. So check that your computer is up to the specs for the game, and defragment your hard drive if you haven't already.


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post Jul 19 2005, 04:30 AM
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If your games are really graphics-intensive and they have a lot of information on the hard drive, your hard drive may be trying to spin as fast as it can, and that may not be fast enough. Same with a CD-ROM/RW, etc. See where the clicking is coming from; if it's the main harddrive, go take it to a specialist.


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post Jul 19 2005, 03:51 PM
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QUOTE (eleraama @ Jul 19 2005, 04:30 AM)
If your games are really graphics-intensive and they have a lot of information on the hard drive, your hard drive may be trying to spin as fast as it can, and that may not be fast enough. Same with a CD-ROM/RW, etc. See where the clicking is coming from; if it's the main harddrive, go take it to a specialist.
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Unless I'm mistaken, from startup to shutdown, a hard disk is spinning at its maximum speed constantly.


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post Jul 19 2005, 09:43 PM
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You are mistaken. there are cases where a hard drive can spin down (usually very rare in desktop machines though).

It does however only have two speeds, spinning and not spinning, infact it doesn't work at all until spinning full speed.

Any sort of graphics-intensive game will bearly use the hard drive after the game has loaded into memory, mainly because in the grand scale of things HDDs are slow, painfully so.


Check the ticking sound isn't a wire in a fan blade, The hard drive could be on its way out... so try to find the source of the ticking as soon as possible

Hard drives making the occational ticking sound is nothing to worry about, plus some are louder then others, but if it has got noticably louder over a period of days/weeks then somthing is wrong.


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